RM Compare™

Adaptive Comparative Judgement

Adaptive comparative judgement with RM Compare™

RM Compare™ is an effective solution for educational institutions, awarding organisations and professional bodies, wanting to improve their formative, summative, peer-to-peer assessment and moderation processes.

Introduction to RM Compare™

The RM Compare™ software is designed to improve and streamline the process of formative and summative assessment and moderation.

Developed by academics and education technology experts, it uses proven comparative judgement techniques to facilitate more meaningful and collaborative assessment and feedback, whilst improving attainment and helping to reduce the workload of teachers.

RM Compare™ uses the methodology of Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ). It is based on The Law of Comparative Judgement conceived by leading psychometrician L.L. Thurstone, which proves that people are better at making comparative, paired judgements.

ACJ involves assessment through comparison of two anonymised pieces of work. The assessor is simply asked to use their professional judgement to select which of the two pieces is better.

Through repeated comparisons, assigned by an iterative, adaptive algorithm, a scale can be created to measure the quality of the pieces. Instead of demanding an absolute, isolated judgement using set criteria, ACJ uses comparative, paired judgements, giving a forensic understanding of what a ‘good’ piece of work looks like.

RM Compare™ is suitable for organisations all across the educational spectrum: schools, colleges, higher education facilities, professional bodies, and awarding organisations can all benefit from use of the software.

Its innate flexibility means it can be used in operations of any scale, from individual organisations and schools, up through local, regional, national levels, and even allowing for seamless international collaboration.

Users can collaborate on assessments wherever, however and whenever works for them, offering an unprecedented level of control over the assessment and moderation process.

How Does RM Compare™ Help?

Improve Student Outcomes

Significantly improve attainment with ACJ, which has been proven to positively impact the performance of students by unlocking a greater understanding of what exemplar work contains, aiding their approach to future work and learning.

Reduce Teacher Workload

Avoid overwork and marker fatigue with this collaborative approach between assessors in a more natural and dynamic assessment process. The faster process allows educators to utilise time that would have otherwise been spent on traditional marking, on planning and delivering high quality, tailored learning.

Increase Assessment Flexibility

Assess whenever and wherever is convenient for you. The cloud-based service ensures that your assessments will always be close to hand, meaning the assessment process can take place around a busy schedule.

Straightforward Collaboration

Collaborate at any level from local to international. Joint assessment between institutions allows a parity of marking and grading and a collective raising of standards within wider communities. This more comprehensive sense of what constitutes high-level work from multiple institutions, supports Educator Continuous Professional Development.

Strengthen Formative Feedback

Consistent formative assessment from a broad range of perspectives throughout the year keeps students always aware of where they need to improve and allows educators to sculpt their curriculums to meet the specific needs of their students.

Leverage Professional Judgement

All work is assessed independently, using the professional judgement of multiple assessors which offers an improved level of reliability and consistency.

"RM Compare helps to boost the attainment of learners and improves the teacher’s judgements, as they have a clearer view of what good quality writing looks like, leading to better professional conversations between teachers at school."

Steve Dew, Headteacher
Church Cowley St James Primary School, Oxford, UK

“We are able to use this software to have more frequent assessments, across every year group and every child in the school. Which is different from the national assessment that we have to do for their writing, where everything comes to a head and at the very end of the year.”

Rhiannon Wilkie, Teacher and Local Authority Moderator
Church Cowley St. James Primary School, Oxford, UK

“The process of moderation is designed to quality assure against things like bias in the traditional assessment setting. With this, there wouldn't be any need for that. It quality assures the judgements you're making by putting them against the judgements of many other teachers.”

Rhiannon Wilkie, Local Authority Moderator and Teacher
Church Cowley St. James Primary School, Oxford, UK

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